Category Archives: Housekeeping

Fishing vessels – housekeeping

Outline: A report outlining significant housekeeping issues in a fishing port which appear to have become a “standard” of normal operation. What the Reporter told us: When walking from the ferry landing point, I was aware of the large amount of fishing equipment left discarded around the harbour. I attach photographs showing a mass of […]

Yacht Safety

Outline: A report outlining poor safety standards on large motor yachts What the Reporter told us: Whilst berthed alongside in Costa Rica, a yacht arrived on the berth behind ours. We then witnessed an all too familiar sight, common in the yachting sector. Crew members were repeatedly seen accessing the bow of the yacht when […]

Expired Charts

Outline: A report detailing the sale by a ship chandler of charts which had been superseded. What the Reporter told us: As a yachtsman who uses waterproof charts, I have become aware of ship chandlers selling out of date charts.  At two marina chandleries in xx today, I discovered they were both selling an out […]

Best Practice

Outline: CHIRP regularly receives correspondence from the Training Managers of companies highlighting ideas and best practice which have been implemented in their fleets. We are pleased to reproduce a selection of the ideas that have been received. Any safety chains or openings in handrails should be secured at all times when not in use. This […]

Safe Working Practices – Working aloft and in cargo holds (1)

This report should be read in conjunction with articles Safe Working Practices – Working aloft and in cargo holds (2) and (3) Outline: CHIRP has received several reports concerning unsafe working practices whilst engaged in cargo hold preparations and also when working aloft using ships cranes. What the Reporter told us (1): A crewmember reported […]

Passenger Vessel Safety (1)

This report should be read in conjunction with “Passenger Vessel Safety (2) and (3)” Outline: CHIRP has received several reports regarding both domestic and international passenger vessels outlining failings in safety  management. What the Reporter told us (1): I was on a cruise earlier this year. As an ex-mariner I was shocked by the occasional […]

Passenger Vessel Safety (3)

This report should be read in conjunction with “Passenger Vessel Safety (1) and (2)” Outline: CHIRP has received several reports regarding both domestic and international passenger vessels outlining failings in safety  management. What the Reporter told us (3): On passage between the mainland and an island aboard a domestic passenger vessel, no safety briefing was provided although  the  public-address  […]

The Human Element – still a long way to go!

CHIRP has received many reports which may be categorised individually as minor near misses. Whilst the reporting of these shows that a behavioural-based safety programme is in place, it also shows that the Deadly Dozen has yet to be embraced.   The Deadly Dozen – see MGN520   Several of these near miss “one liners” […]

Incinerating outside of the Incinerator!

  Outline: A report where misplaced oily rags almost caught fire with a potential for a far more serious incident.   What the Reporter told us: While incinerating oily rags, a bucket full of oily rags was left near the incinerator door by an engine room rating. The heat coming from the incinerator door initially […]

Correspondence Received – Battery Fire

Battery Fire In the early hours of the morning during a period of adverse weather the fire alarm in the vessel’s battery locker was activated. The crew mustered and a fire team assembled. Upon investigation it was discovered that there was a small flame and sparks being emitted from a spare battery that was stored […]